Richard Goldsworthy

Richard Goldsworthy

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

About Richard Goldsworthy

The exploration and transformation of material has always been a crucial part of my practice. Growing up in the British countryside, I have always been drawn to nature to source the materials I work with. From this ongoing relationship I have developed my study of wood and its intrinsic qualities, as well as its behavior when acted upon through man-made materials and tools. This juxtaposition, both enhances and transforms the natural beauty of the materials I work with. My aim as an artist is to show off these natural materials and to guide the viewer back to these resources and the meditative power of nature we tap into when confronted by it.

The process of making, for example, the selection and seasoning of the wood, as well as working with it, is as important to me as the object itself. This gives me an intimate understanding of each work, allowing me to demonstrate the different ways in which a material can be looked at and used. By burning, carving and casting the wood I create contrasting patterns that highlight and transform its shape and surface. I choose to celebrate the defects created by these actions such as my markings, and expose the ones caused by nature such as knots, cracks and aging. Setting metal into the wood has the potential to create a friction between these two polar materials. Yet, aesthetically, it appears harmonious as a single object. The alchemical quality of this fusion is solidified, for me, by the casting process, in which the metal roots into the wood, similar in which a tree root takes to the soil.


Edinburgh College of Art. Graduated in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Sculpture.

Royal Scottish Academy Barns-Graham Travel Award 2019

Shortlisted for the Astaire Prize 2019


Visiting Korea in September 2019 for research with the RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award


- Micro residency at Hospitalfields, Arbroath 2018

- "Tacit" & "Heartwood" Exhibitions at Edinburgh College of Art 2019

- ECA Degree Show 2019

- (Four Minds Two Generations) Savile Row, Mayfair, London 2019

-"ZEITGEIST" at the 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, England, 2019

-"Edinburgh Art Fair" at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2019

- Exhibitions planned next year (2020) in Edinburgh including the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition and a solo show